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Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 877.295.6782, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella Bachelor’s student, you need 45 Quarter Credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

+ Humanities


Art History Survey (6 quarter credits)
Introduction to the Humanities (6 quarter credits)
Approaches to Studying Religions (3 quarter credits)
Global Multiculturalism and World Religions (6 quarter credits)
Introduction to Literature: Short Stories (3 quarter credits)
Women's Literature (3 quarter credits)
Introduction to Philosophy (6 quarter credits)
Ethics (6 quarter credits)
Bioethics and Society (3 quarter credits)
Introduction to Logic (6 quarter credits)
Ethics in Health Care (6 quarter credits)


+ Social Science


Microeconomics (6 quarter credits)
Macroeconomics (6 quarter credits)
Immigrants in the American City (3 quarter credits
History of Health Care in America (3 quarter credits)
Critical Aspects of American History (3 quarter credits)
Introduction to Psychology (6 quarter credits)
The Politics of American Government (6 quarter credits)
Globalization (6 quarter credits)
Introduction to Human Society (6 quarter credits)
Cultural Diversity (6 quarter credits)
Social Deviance (6 quarter credits)



Sophia Pathways: An Accelerated, Flexible, Low-Cost Option for Fulfilling Your General Education Credits

Save money and take your Bachelor's general education required courses faster through Sophia Pathways: Capella’s self-paced learning partner. Just like at Capella, Sophia courses are offered online — only you can take them whenever you like, at your own pace, for a fraction of the cost.

Learn more about Sophia Pathways.

Core Courses:

60 quarter credits

Orientation to Baccalaureate Nursing (6 quarter credits)
Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration (6 quarter credits)
Nursing Research and Informatics (6 quarter credits)
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations (6 quarter credits)
Organizational and Systems Management for Quality Outcomes (6 quarter credits)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations (6 quarter credits)
Nursing Leadership and Management (6 quarter credits)
Global Perspectives of Community and Public Service (6 quarter credits)
Pharmacology for Patient Safety (6 quarter credits)
Collaborative Group Process for Nursing Professionals (6 quarter credits)

Capstone Course

6 quarter credits

Nursing Capstone Project (6 quarter credits)

Elective Courses - Choose 39 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.


Additional Program Requirements - 30 quarter credits

Credits taken in foundation nursing courses and undergraduate nursing skills course work totaling 30 quarter credits.

Total 180 quarter credits



Combined Option

Learners enrolled in the Combined BSN/MSN Nursing option complete the following master’s-level courses in lieu of BSN4004 and BSN4006.


Master’s-level courses - 12 quarter credits

Orientation to Graduate Nursing Study (4 quarter credits)†
Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)†
Evidence-Based Practice and Technology for Nursing (4 quarter credits)

These courses are taken in addition to the general education and remaining required courses.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Admission to the Combined BSN/MSN option requires learners to have a current, unrestricted RN license.

† MSN6013 and MSN6015 will replace MSN6003 and MSN6008, respectively, within the core course requirements for learners who pursue the MSN Nursing Informatics and MSN Nursing Leadership and Administration specializations.

Washington residents are not eligible to enroll in this program.

The BSN degree program requires learners to maintain a current, independently verifiable, and unrestricted RN license throughout their program.

FlexPath Self-Paced Learning Option

If you’re highly motivated, looking to save time and money, and crave the freedom and flexibility of setting your own pace, you may want to consider FlexPath. Rather than face weekly deadlines, you’ll work at your own pace to complete a series of assessments for each course.

There’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete per session — you’ll still pay the same flat tuition rate every 12 weeks.

Learn more about FlexPath Self-Paced Learning

RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option

Finish both your BSN and MSN in just over three years — while saving thousands in tuition costs. Learn more about our RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week Mini Course.

To learn more, call 877.295.6782, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.